|Faction/Affiliation||Neutral, Hostile, Wyrmrest Accord|
|Character classes||Scalebane, Wyrmkin, Warrior, Mage|
|Racial leader(s)||Alexstrasza the Life-Binder|
|Primary language||Draconic, Common, Titan (language)|
|Average height||Varies by species and age.|
|Alignment||Lawful good; Usually good|
The red dragonflight, ruled by the Dragonqueen, Alexstrasza, is a noble and honorable group of creatures. They consider themselves the protectors of all life, and in many ways they are. More often than not, they are found protecting sacred areas and items, seeking to keep them from lesser beings who might be hurt by their energies. Their breath is a fearsome stream of fire, and they have been known to swallow enemies whole and slowly digest them over the course of a day. Their most hated enemies are the black dragons ruled by the great, dark leviathan, Deathwing.
The red dragonflight includes the red dragons themselves as well as all other red dragonkin such as dragonspawn and drakonids.
The reds are utterly loyal to their Aspect, Alexstrasza, who along with her consorts such as Tyranastrasz and Korialstrasz, are treated with great respect by the reds and the other flights. The reds are typically the only dragons mortals are likely to encounter, with the exception of the druidic allies of the greens. Like all dragons, they take their charges seriously and usually operate in secret, keeping tabs on important beings, organizations, and places, such as Cenarius,Dalaran, and the Scourge. As a result, the red dragonflight's agents are often away, spreading themselves throughout Azeroth, and using their powers to disguise themselves as members of the mortal races, such as humans or elves. Like all dragons, the reds have the ability to create illusions on themselves and others. Often the dragons have mortals, dragonsworn, working on gathering information or doing other related errands.
All this is done to maintain harmony and the prosperity of life, the task entrusted to them. Due to Alexstrasza's influence, the red dragonflight see themselves as custodians and defenders of life on Azeroth. Red dragons understand the secrets of life, and in turn those of death, like none others do, and have been granted great power over both. They are capable of rejuvenating and draining life, as well as performing a form of necromancy, though only as a last resort, as they are not fond of doing so. The breath of red dragons burns but also rejuvenates, and whenever a red dragon walks or breathes upon the soil, the earth is renewed.
While red dragons are the protectors of life, they will not hesitate to kill a creature if its actions endanger other lives. Many members of the red flight still remain distrustful towards mortals, especially the orcs, citing they have brought only danger and death to the world. Generally, though, red dragons are friendly to humans, elves, and their other traditional allies; for the most part, it is the representatives of the flight near Grim Batol who acted strangely hostile to any outsiders. The drake Axtroz and the dragonspawn located there will attack adventurers on sight.
HistoryEditThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
Charge of the DragonflightsEdit
Before the Titans departed Azeroth, they charged the greatest species of the world with the task of watching over it. In that age, there were many dragonflights, yet five flights, one of which was the red, held dominion over their brethren, and were chosen to shepherd the budding world. The greatest members of the Pantheon imbued a portion of their power upon each of the flights' leaders.
Eonar, the Titan patron of all life, gave a portion of her power to the red leviathan, Alexstrasza. Ever after, Alexstrasza would be known as the Life-Binder, and she would work to safeguard all living creatures within the world. Due to her supreme wisdom and limitless compassion for all living things, Alexstrasza was crowned the Dragonqueen and given dominion over her kind. 
The time following this came to be known as the Age of Dragons, when the civilization of dragonkind was at its peak. The red dragons were numerous and co-existed peacefully with the other dragonflights, working together to safeguard their world. But this age would not last forever.
War of the AncientsEdit
At some point prior to the War of the Ancients, Neltharion and his flight, unknown to the others, were irrevocably driven mad, having fallen prey to the whisperings of the Old Gods. Neltharion planned to betray the other flights and rule the world as he saw fit. When Azshara and her Highborne called down the demons to Azeroth, the opportunity presented itself. The reds and other flights sought a way to push back the Burning Legion, and Neltharion presented the tool to do just that, The Demon Soul, then known as the Dragon Soul. The weapon required all dragons give up and impart within it a portion of their power. After doing so the red dragonflight joined the others in flight over the battle and the Black Aspect unleashed the Dragon Soul's power with devastating effects on the demonic swarm. He then shocked his fellow aspects and turned the device on the elven defenders. The other flights rushed to stop the mad aspect, but were unable to act against the disk Neltharion held. The power they had placed in it put them at its master's mercy. Malygos and his flight managed to break free and attempted to stop the black leviathan and destroy the Demon Soul, but they failed to do so. Neltharion decimated the blue dragonflight, and banished the reds, greens, and bronze from the battle. Following the betrayal, the surviving red, green, and bronze dragons secluded themselves, hoping to recover from the Dragon Soul's powers. Though the legion was ultimately pushed back, the damage to the draconic race had been done.
After the SunderingEdit
Immediately after the Sundering, to ensure Deathwing would never hold power over dragonkind again, Alexstrasza, Ysera, and Nozdormu placed an enchantment upon the Demon Soul, so that no dragon could wield it, and hid the foul disc deep beneath the earth. The trio later visited the Night Elven survivors to present the devastated race a gift. Alexstrasza produced a single enchanted acorn, taken from the Mother Tree G'Hanir, and placed it within the new Well of Eternity atop Mount Hyjal. The acorn, activated by the potent, magical waters, sprung to life as a colossal tree whose mighty roots grew from the well's waters, and its verdant canopy seemed to scrape the roof of the sky. The tree also received blessings from Ysera and Nozdormu. It would safeguard the new Well of Eternity from discovery and come to be known as Nordrassil, the World Tree.
The drawn out war between the black dragonflight and the other flights decimated the species, with all flights losing members, and the reds were no exception. The dragonflights hunted the blacks to the brink of extinction., but were greatly weakened by their sacrifice to the Demon Soul. Ultimately the blacks were nearly wiped out, though the other flights never truly recovered from those dark times and were never again seen in the same numbers as before. The Age of Dragons had passed.
War of the Shifting SandsEdit
A thousand years before modern times, the red dragons lent their aid to the night elves and the bronze dragonflight during the War of the Shifting Sands. Led by Caelestrasz, child of Alexstrasza, the reds fought the Silithid and their Qiraji masters furiously and ultimately helped push them back to their city where they were sealed away from the world. The dragons suffered few casualties but the progeny of Alexstrasza, Caelestrasz, was until recently believed lost, having charged deep into Ahn'Qiraj during the final push. After the war a shard of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands was entrusted to the red wyrm Vaelastrasz by Anachronos the bronze.
The Second WarEdit
During the Second War, Deathwing finally found a way to conquer his greatest rivals. While he couldn't wield the Demon Soul himself it could be placed in the hands of one that would further his agenda. The orc shaman Zuluhed received visions of a powerful artifact deep within the earth and with Doomhammer's permission took his clan to search for their source. Zuluhed took the Demon Soul for the Horde, but while he sensed the disk had the power to raise mountains and evaporate oceans, it was unresponsive to his shamanistic powers. The device was passed down to his lieutenant: the warlock Nekros Skullcrusher, whose magic the disk eagerly reciprocated. The Dragonmaw Clan searched for weeks for the dragons, finally spoting a lone wounded red male. They followed the dragon back to the red flight's lair, a high mountain peak, where they came upon the Dragonqueen herself, roosting with three consorts. The Aspect immediately incinerated four orc warriors before Nekros invoked the dark powers of the disk and subdued her. The Demon Soul was used to enslave Alexstrasza and a large portion of her flight.
From capture to escape, an eight year span, Alexstrasza was forced to create more dragons to service the Horde in the war, and she cried for the deaths of her children and the deaths they caused. Two of her consorts did not survive long, one perishing while trying to escape over the sea and the other dying of injuries inflicted by Deathwing, while her fourth and youngest avoided capture altogether. This left Alexstrasza with only her prime consort, Tyranastrasz, to produce dragons with for the orcs.  She often tried to defy Nekros, but the act of breaking one or more eggs in her presence assured her good behavior. The red dragonflight, once one of the strongest and proudest flights of dragons ever seen, were reduced to being the Horde's war dogs. The Horde quickly learned how to utilize the great leviathans, and they were forced to wreak havoc throughout the lands of the Alliance, committing destructive acts such as setting the forests of Quel'thalas ablaze,  and the complete destruction of the third fleet of Kul Tiras. The Alliance responded with dwarven Gryphon riders, the two often meeting in the dogfights over Lordaeron and Khaz Modan. Throughout most of the Second War, and even a few years after its end, the settlements of the Alliance lived in constant fear of coming under attack by red dragons.
The reds who had avoided capture by the orcs were initially bewildered to find their queen had gone missing. The flight scattered to search for her, becoming easy prey for the vicious Deathwing and his black dragonflight. Isolated, leaderless, and confused, the reds fought back as best they could. When the blacks had been sufficiently pushed back the reds resumed their search and found the orcs were responsible for Alexstrasza and the rest of the flight's disappearance and were using her offspring as pawns in the Second War. Outraged, many of the red dragons wanted to make war against all the lesser races but her youngest consort, Korialstrasz, disguised as the mage Krasus of the Kirin Tor, sought a way to free his mate.
Battle of Grim BatolEdit
After the fall of the Horde ending the Second War, the Dragonmaw Clan retained a firm grip on Grim Batol and Alexstrasza. Her rescue only became possible when Nekros believed the Alliance planned on invading. Nekros had Alexstrasza (and the eggs) moved out of the mountain fortress and began to move towards Dun Algaz where he believed the bulk of the Dragonmaw Clan was stationed preparing for war. Little did he know he had been manipulated by Deathwing, who desired Alexstrasza's eggs out in the open so he could steal them more easily. When Deathwing appeared Nekros sent Tyranastrasz to face him, but the old red did not last long against the dark aspect. Nekros was then shocked when he was assaulted by an army of Mountain Dwarves, and in the ensuing chaos lost the Demon Soul to Rhonin, a mage of Dalaran sent on a mission to rescue the Dragonqueen by none other than the red dragon Korialstrasz in his mortal guise. Once free of the device's power, Alexstrasza killed Nekros out of pure hatred and drive for revenge. The Demon Soul was then undone, and the power that was vested in it returned to the other aspects. Alexstrasza, along with Malygos, Nozdormu, and Ysera, proceeded to attack Deathwing finally punishing him for his treachery and driving him away. Before giving chase Alexstrasza swore an oath of friendship to Rhonin, Vereesa, Falstad, and their respective races.
With Alexstrasza returned to them, the remaining members of the red dragonflight came out of hiding and reassumed their ancient charge of defending the wild things of the world. All but a few members of the red dragonflight were freed from the Dragonmaw Clan's control.
Following Deathwing's defeat, red dragonflight guardians were placed outside Grim Batol under the leadership of the Wyrm Garshilan, assisted by the eager young dragon Acridistrasz, the dragonspawn flametongue captain Baleflame, and legions of red dragonspawn eager to guard the remnants of the red dragonflight. Explorer Brann Bronzebeard managed to speak with Acridistrasz and was told the reds were "guarding a secret that living creatures are not meant to know."
Aftermath of the Third WarEdit
The red dragonflight was nearly absent from the battle against the second coming of the Legion, also known as the Third War. The mortal races banded together and overcame Archimonde at the Battle of Mount Hyjal. In the aftermath, red dragon guardians were stationed at Hyjal Summit, where they, along with the blues, greens, and bronzes guard the World Tree from another attack by the remnants of the Burning Legion in Darkwhisper Gorge.
In addition, red and green dragons were sent to Sunwell Grove to investigate and guard the remains of the Sunwell. Korialstrasz took it upon himself to gather the remaining energy of the well and transform it into a living avatar in the form of Anveena Teague, whose identity was revealed by Korialstrasz after an incident involving the traitorous Dar'Khan Drathir trying to claim her power as his own.
Second Battle of Grim BatolEdit
Over a decade after Deathwing's defeat at the Battle of Grim Batol, the red dragonkin forces stationed outside the cursed fortress of Grim Batol started falling ill, some even dying. A few went mad and had to be put down by their brothers and sisters. The red flight finally did as many others had done before them and abandoned the dark fortress of Grim Batol, unaware of the black dragon Sinestra deep within. Korialstrasz sensed something happening deep within the mountain and returned to Grim Batol to find the black consort in the midst of creating the twilight dragonflight. Ultimately, thanks to Korialstrasz's allies, the sacrifice of the nether dragon Zzeraku, and the anger felt by Dargonax towards his "mother", Sinestra and her creation were defeated. The mountain was once again abandoned, unaware to anyone that Deathwing lurked still deeper within.
In World of WarcraftEditThis section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
The red dragonflight once had a strong presence at Alexstrasza's old prison, Grim Batol. Their guardianship of the fortress can be seen, with legions of dragonspawn and the the drake-champion Axtroz stationed outside. Further down the mountain the remains of the orcish caravan is teaming with newly hatched red whelps.
Caelestrasz, thought to have been lost during the War of the Shifting Sands, was recently found to be alive inside Ahn'Qiraj, as a slave of C'thun, along with Arygos and Merithra. The dark master of Ahn'Qiraj used the tortured dragons to power his new creations: Moam and the other Obsidian destroyers. Kandrostrasz came to Ahn'Qiraj after sensing his trapped brethren within, but dares not travel into the temple from fear of falling under the Old God's control.
The red dragon agent, Vaelastrasz, is secretly working against his rival, Nefarian, in Blackrock Spire. He assists any adventurers willing to fight against the legions of dragonkin and the Dark Horde, in gaining access to his inner-most lair. Upon breaching Blackwing Lair, Vaelastrasz succumbs to Nefarian's will and asks to be put out of his misery, lest he further serve the lord of Blackrock.
Belnistrasz has been captured by the Scourge inside Razorfen Downs while investigating their presence there. He asks any adventurers brave enough to free him to assist him in shutting down the quilboars' operation there.
The high elf Garek, mortal servant of the red dragon Korialstrasz, has been spotted in the Badlands, monitoring the black dragonflight, and searching for assistance in slaying the twin black drakes, Blacklash and Hematus.
Wrath of the Lich KingEditThis section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
The Nexus War has begun. Malygos has declared war upon mortal spellcasters, citing their reckless usage of magic that would inevitably lead to Azeroth's downfall. Charged with the preservation of life, the red dragonflight has condemned the blue's increasingly militaristic methods and vowed to neutralize Malygos at all costs. To this end, they have formed a council with the Kirin Tor, and have begun actively subverting Malygos's campaign in the Borean Tundra.
Many members of the red flight, including Alexstrasza and her prime consort, can be found at Wyrmrest Temple in the Dragonblight. They lead the Wyrmrest Accord, an alliance of the remaining four dragonflights defending the temple against the blue flight. Recently the undead Scourge has laid siege to the surrounding five dragonshrines in an effort to raise terrifying new variations of undead dragons. To arrest these invasions, Alexstrasza has begun recruiting heroes to aid Ceristrasz and Vargastrasz in the Ruby Dragonshrines defense against the Lich King.
CataclysmEditThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
After the fall of the Lich King, the red dragonflight's troubles were not yet over. When a clutch of twilight dragonflight eggs was discovered within the Obsidian Sanctum, Korialstrasz asked the Council of Six to send adventurers to destroy them. The deed was done quickly, and without fanfare or acknowledgment. At first all seemed quiet, but then all communication with the guardians in the Ruby Sanctum ceased. The guards stationed at the portal were slain, and the mystic stones shattered. The implications of the Ruby Sanctum being breached are dire, and little is known of the identity of the attackers, as the black dragonflight's numbers in Northrend seem too limited to have pulled off such an attack. What power would dare to attack the stronghold of the red dragonflight, and how did they get past the guards undetected?
The re-emergence of Deathwing has prompted Alexstrasza to take matters into her own hands in the Twilight Highlands.
|Alexstrasza||Leader of the red dragonflight. Crowned the Dragonqueen. Blessed by the Titans as the Aspect of life, and called the Life-Binder. Leads the Wyrmrest Accord.||Aspect||Alive|
|Acridostrasz||Eager young dragon stationed at Grim Batol after Deathwing's escape. Now fighting the twilight dragonflight at Vermillion Redoubt in the Twilight Highlands.||Dragon||Alive|
|Afrasastrasz||Dragon in charge of the defense of Wyrmrest Temple. Provides transportation to upper and lower levels of the temple.||Dragon||Alive|
|Aquinastrasz||Dragon who acts as flight master of the Vermillion Redoubt in the Twilight Highlands.||Dragon||Alive|
|Aurastrasza||Dragon found at Wyrmrest Temple. Assists adventurers in preventing an attack on the temple by the Magnataur under Grom'thar the Thunderbringer.||Dragon||Alive|
|Belgaristrasz||Prisoner of the blue dragonflight guarded by Drakos the Interrogator in the Oculus. Assists adventurers in defeating the forces located there.||Dragon||Alive|
|Belnistrasz||Dragon investigating the Scourge's involvement in Razorfen Downs. Captured by the quilboar in his human guise.||Dragon||Alive|
|Caelestrasz||Son of Alexstrasza. Fought in the War of the Shifting Sands and taken prisoner by C'thun. Rescued from the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj and now found at Grim Batol.||Dragon||Alive|
|Celastrasza||Dragon found fighting the twilight dragonflight at Vermillion Redoubt in the Twilight Highlands.||Dragon||Alive|
|Ceristrasz||Dragon agent located at the Ruby Dragonshrine. Directs Alliance members to assist Captain Iskandar in the shrine's defense.||Dragon||Alive|
|Cielstrasza||Quartermaster for the Wyrmrest Accord. Located on the top floor of Wyrmrest Temple.||Dragon||Alive|
|Corastrasza||Sister of Raelorasz. Seasoned drake trainer. Found at the upper rings of the Nexus, observing the blue drakes, and asking adventurers to slay them.||Dragon||Alive|
|Demestrasz||Innkeeper of Wyrmrest Temple. Located on the lower floor.||Dragon||Alive|
|Garshilan||Wyrm in charge of the red dragonflight forces that were stationed at Grim Batol after Deathwing's escape.||Dragon||Unknown|
|Horakastrasz||Eagle-eyed, but easily distracted, sentinel for the dragonflights during the War of the Ancients.||Dragon||Unknown|
|Kandrostrasz||Agent which came to Ahn'Qiraj after sensing his trapped brethren within. Found at the entrance to the temple.||Dragon||Alive|
|Keristrasza||Wyrmrest Accord agent who successfully leads Saragosa to her death. Taken by Malygos to The Nexus to serve as his new consort in retaliation.||Dragon||Killable|
|Korialstrasz||Current Prime Consort of Alexstrasza. Heavily involved in mortal affairs under the guises Krasus and Borel. Patron of Rhonin. Currently at Alexstrasza's side.||Dragon||Alive|
|Koristrasza||Dragon found at Razorfen Downs. Instructs adventurers to kill the Scourge leader, Amnennar the Coldbringer.||Dragon||Alive|
|Lirastrasza||Dragon found outside Grim Batol in high elven guise.||Dragon||Alive|
|Nostrastrasz||Dragon found fighting the twilight dragonflight at Vermillion Redoubt in the Twilight Highlands.||Dragon||Alive|
|Novrastrasz||Dragon found fighting the twilight dragonflight at Vermillion Redoubt in the Twilight Highlands.||Dragon||Alive|
|Raelorasz||Member of the Wyrmrest Accord working with the Kirin Tor hidden within the Transitus Shield in Coldarra.||Dragon||Alive|
|Rheastrasza||Envoy of Alexstrasza in the Badlands. Purifies a black dragon egg with assistance from adventurers before sacrificing herself to protect it from Deathwing.||Dragon||Deceased|
|Setrastrasza||Dragon found fighting the twilight dragonflight at Vermillion Redoubt in the Twilight Highlands.||Dragon||Alive|
|Surristrasz||Wyrmrest Accord member working with the Kirin Tor at Amber Ledge supplying them with drakes to use against Malygos' mage hunters.||Dragon||Alive|
|Tariolstrasz||Steward of Wyrmrest Temple. Provides transportation from the ground floor to the middle and upper levels.||Dragon||Alive|
|Tederastrasz||Dragon found fighting the twilight dragonflight at Vermillion Redoubt in the Twilight Highlands.||Dragon||Alive|
|Torastrasza||Majordomo to the ruling council at Wyrmrest Temple. Provides transportation from the upper floor to the middle and lower levels.||Dragon||Alive|
|Tyranastrasz||Former Prime Consort of Alexstrasza. Captured by the Dragonmaw Clan and later killed by Deathwing. Skull on display in the Hall of Explorers of Ironforge.||Dragon||Deceased|
|Vaelastrasz||Son of Alexstrasza. Agent who fights the black dragonflight in Blackrock Spire, succumbing to Nefarian in Blackwing Lair. Red Scepter Shard holder.||Dragon||Killable|
|Vargastrasz||Dragon agent located at the Ruby Dragonshrine. Directs Horde members to assist Captain Drayzen in the shrine's defense.||Dragon||Alive|
|Velastrasza||Dragon found fighting the twilight dragonflight at Vermillion Redoubt in the Twilight Highlands.||Dragon||Alive|
|Vordrastrasz||Dragon found fighting the twilight dragonflight at Vermillion Redoubt in the Twilight Highlands.||Dragon||Alive|
|Xerestrasza||Dragon agent located at the Ruby Sanctum. She is one of the very few survivors after the attack by the black dragonflight.||Dragon||Alive|
|Zarasz||Slave of the Dragonmaw Clan during their occupation of Grim Batol. Wings developed malformed and was used to patrol the underground caverns.||Dragon||Unknown|
|Axtroz||Drake-Champion of the red dragonflight. Guardian of the Dragonmaw Gates in Grim Batol.||Drake||Killable|
|Narillasanz||Drake sometimes found wandering the woods just south of Chillwind Point in the Alterac Mountains.||Drake||Killable|
|Nethestrasz||Drake who acts as flight master of Wyrmrest Temple.||Drake||Alive|
|Baleflame||Dragonspawn flametongue guard stationed at Grim Batol. Currently found at Vermillion Redoubt in the Twilight Highlands.||Dragonspawn||Alive|
|Raadan||Dragonspawn lord who is strangely in the service of Hex Lord Malacrass in Zul'Aman.||Dragonspawn||Killable|
In Warcraft II the dragon mounts used by the Horde were green, the broodmothers were grey and they were all simply dragons, as the storyline had not yet been expanded to include the dragonflights and their backstory. It was not until Day of the Dragon that they were referred to as Red dragons.
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